Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship
The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children spans three years of training and prepares our fellows for careers as leaders in academic medicine and also clinical practice.
The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children spans three years of training and prepares our fellows for careers as leaders in academic medicine and also clinical practice. The program includes a year of clinical training followed by two years of basic science, clinical, translational, community based or health policy research. Our program is structured to meet ACGME requirements for fellowship training.
Learn more about the Endocrine Program:
Application requirements include:
- Personal Statement: 1-2 pages
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of recommendation (three, including one from your Residency Program Director)
- US citizenship or permanent residency preferred
First Year of Fellowship
The first year of fellowship is a year of clinical training and includes outpatient and inpatient responsibilities. In addition, fellows receive training in the six core competencies and are required to demonstrate proficiency in these competencies.
- Clinical Responsibilities: See ‘Clinical Experience’
- Research: See ‘Research Experience’
- Conferences: The fellow on-call is responsible for the weekly morning report, which is an interactive session with all fellows, faculty and rotating residents and students. In addition, all fellows are responsible for:
- Weekly clinical case conferences and journal club attended by the Pediatric Endocrine team, rotating residents and students
- Detailed presentations at our weekly board review attended by fellows, the Program Director and other faculty
- M&M conferences
- Practice Improvement Projects: All fellows are expected to develop a practice improvement project, which is reviewed with the Program Director and presented annually to the Pediatric Endocrine team
- Fellow Portfolio: The fellow portfolio is maintained on an ongoing basis by all fellows, and includes case logs, records of clinical case conferences, journal club, abstract and manuscript submissions, practice improvement projects and records documenting training in the core competencies
- Fellows are given opportunities to write chapters and reviews with faculty and are required to complete a clinical research project in the first year of fellowship
Second and Third Years
The second and third years of fellowship are primarily years of research training, which may include basic science, clinical, translational, community based or health policy research.
- Clinical Responsibilities: See ‘Clinical Experience’
- Research: See ‘Research Experience’
- Conferences: As described for first year fellows. In addition, second and third year fellows are required to present at meetings of the mentors’ labs, and annually to the Pediatric Endocrine team.
- Practice Improvement Project and Fellow Portfolio: as described for first year fellows
- Pediatric Endocrine summer school is taught by faculty and fellows to incoming first year fellows over the summer months
- Didactic: The Pediatric Endocrine Unit offers weekly mandatory didactic conferences presented by local and other faculty. In addition, combined Adult and Pediatric Endocrine Grand Rounds are held once a week. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend didactic conferences and journal club hosted by the Adult Endocrine Units including the Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Diabetes/Thyroid/Neuroendocrine Units, and Calcium Unit.
- Clinical case conferences: Weekly pediatric endocrine clinical case conferences are mandatory and are presented by fellows and faculty. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to attend clinical case conferences in the Adult Endocrine Units.
- Clinical: In addition to clinical training in pediatric endocrinology, first year fellows attend a mandatory month of Genetics training, and are encouraged to attend sessions in Thyroid Sonography and Biopsy.
- Board review: The pediatric endocrine curriculum is reviewed over a one-year period at board review sessions held weekly
- Statistical courses: Multiple statistical courses (Introductory and Advanced) are offered by the Clinical Research Training program
- Grant Writing and Scientific Writing courses: Ongoing courses are offered by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Clinical Research Program
- Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials: Six-week course offered annually
- Ethical Conduct of Research: Ongoing courses are offered by the Clinical Research Program
First Year Fellows
- Outpatient responsibilities: First year fellows are encouraged to attend at least four outpatient clinics each week, including their continuity clinic. As a tertiary care center, the Pediatric Endocrine Clinic receives a large number of referrals from all over the country and also from outside the country. Each fellow is precepted by a single faculty mentor for his/her continuity clinic.
- Inpatient responsibilities: The two first year fellows are alternately on-call for the Pediatric Endocrine service. Fellows are responsible for all inpatient consults and inpatient endocrine admissions, and are precepted by on-service Pediatric Endocrine faculty. Second and third year fellows share weekend calls.
- Consults: In addition to inpatient consults, the fellow on-call (under faculty supervision) is responsible for telephonic consults from primary care physicians and from our satellite centers
Second and Third Year Fellows
Second and third year fellows are responsible for a weekly continuity clinic and also share weekend inpatient call with the first year fellows.
First year fellows are expected to complete a short clinical research project within the clinical year, which may be a retrospective chart review, a cross-sectional study or a short prospective study.
The second and third years of fellowship are primarily years of research training, which may include basic science, clinical, translational, community based or health policy research. Fellows work with the Program Director and Division Chief to identify an appropriate mentor in their first year of fellowship. The research training experience includes developing, implementing and completing a hypothesis driven research project, and publishing one or more peer-reviewed first authored manuscripts (at least one manuscript or other ‘work-product’ is mandatory for completion of fellowship training).
Opportunities: Fellows have the opportunity to work in research labs of mentors within Massachusetts General Hospital, including those in the Adult Endocrine Unit and the Weight Center, and in other institutions affiliated to Harvard Medical School such as the Joslin Diabetes Center. Research mentors identify opportunities for fellows in training in grant writing, biostatistics, IRB submission, maintenance of protocol approval and scientific writing.
Potential Research Labs include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Neuroendocrine Unit (Mentors: Anne Klibanski, MD; Steven Grinspoon, MD; Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH; Takara Stanley, MD)
- Reproductive Endocrine Unit (Mentors: Janet Hall, MD; Stephanie Seminara, MD; Paul Boepple, MD; William Crowley, MD)
- Calcium Unit (Mentors: Henry Kronenberg, MD; Harald Jueppner, MD; Sherri Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD)
- Pediatric Surgery (Mentor: Patricia Donahoe, MD)
- Weight Center (Mentor: Lee Kaplan, MD)
- Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy (Mentor: James Perrin, MD; Elizabeth Goodman, MD)
- Joslin Diabetes Center (Mentors: Lori Laffel, MD; Susan Bonner-Weir, MD; Alison Goldfine, MD)
Scholarship Oversight Committees meet semi-annually for each fellow to review ongoing research, and provide expertise, research and career guidance.
Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. We accept applications online electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service.
Applications should include the following documents:
- ERAS Common Application Form
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- 3 letters of recommendation (including one from the residency program director)
- Official medical school transcript
- USMLE transcript
- ECFMG status report or certificate (international medical graduates only)
ERAS opens for applications each year on November 15th. Applicants are encouraged to complete submissions by January 15th, which affords ample time for the program to review all applications and schedule personal interviews for competitive applicants. Interviews are held between December and April.
We also participate in the NRMP SMS Matching Program (National Resident Matching Progam, Specialties Matching Service). To register, please click here and scroll down to "Applicants" for instructions: http://www.nrmp.org/fellow/registration.html
If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please feel free to contact Madhu Misra MD, MPH, Program Director, at email@example.com, or Nancy Radford, Fellowship Coordinator, at 617-726-5790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MGHfC Endocrinology Fellowship
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Fellowship Program Director
Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH
Lynne L. Levitsky, MD
Please call Nancy Radford at 617-726-5790 with any questions.
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